Kids Activities in River Forest

One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$25 $10

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$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

$140 $69

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Four In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach music techniques for the bass, cello, and drums in a wide variety of genres

$240 $120

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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Arcade Outing with 100 Tokens and a 14-Inch Single-Topping Pizza at Kiddie Kingdom (Up to 55% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

Entertainment facility houses platefuls of hand-tossed pizza, more than 62 arcade games, and a miniature carousal

$33.70 $15

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Ice Skating for Two or Four at Lincoln Park Zoo (50% Off)

Lincoln Park Zoo

Farm in the Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo

Winter has returned and so has Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy ice skating all winter long at the Farm-in-the-Zoo.

$10 $5

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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

The Oriental Institute

University of Chicago

Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

$75 $35

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One-Year Membership to DuSable Museum of African American History (50% Off). Four Options Available.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$60 $30

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$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$200 $110

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

Kids play inside a facility that’s full of educational installations, including a grocery store

$60 $29

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

Guitar Cities

Chicago

Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

$80 $33

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$10 for 15 Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Lakeview

Just steps away from the legendary Wrigley Field, amateurs can practice their swings in the bar’s batting cages

$20 $10

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$58 for a Ghost Investigation Tour for Two from Chicago Ghost Investigations ($116 Value)

Chicago Ghost Investigations

Pilsen

After a crash course in ghost hunting, small teams use tools to explore and communicate with ghosts of Al Capone’s underworld

$116 $58

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$99 for a Two-Hour Kids' Party with Host, Setup, and Clean Up at Bright Smiles Party Suite ($235 Value)

Bright Smiles Party Suite

Chicago

Kids celebrate their birthdays in style with two-hour parties that include a host to help supervise as well as run setup and cleanup

$235 $99

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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Maze Visit and Time Freak Game for Two or Four at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier (Up to 58% Off)

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

$23.98 $12

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Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

$145 $69

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$29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

MSA & Circus Arts

Logan Square

Learn floor-tumbling moves, such as bounces, flips, and handstands, and jump on a regulation-sized trampoline equipped with safety lines

$60 $29

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Two or Four Piano Lessons at Heart of Singing (Up to 53% Off)

Heart of Singing

Chicago

Seasoned musician inspires versatile piano moves during lessons tailored to the student’s skill level & goals

$80 $38

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Dance Classes or Majorette or Musical-Theater Program at Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center (Up to 54% Off)

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Multiple Locations

Adults learn dances such as Afro-Modern Fusion, hip-hop, and jazz; children learn majorette-style dancing or put on a musical

$60 $29

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$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

$72 $32

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Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

MB Muzik

Chicago

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

$180 $75

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Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$70 $33

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Admission for 2 or 4, or One- or Two-Year Family Membership to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Lincoln Park

Nature museum hosts living and educational exhibits on the natural world including a butterfly haven and a native prairie.

$18 $11

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Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

$75 $29

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$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$50 $24

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Two Games of Bowling for Two, Four, or Six People at Wood Dale Bowl (Up to 66% Off)

Wood Dale Bowl

Wood Dale

Players hone their pin-pummeling skills inside this bowling alley that boasts 24 lanes and automatic scoring

$25 $11

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Roller Skating with Skate Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Lombard Roller Rink (Up to 52% Off)

Lombard Roller Rink

Lombard

Fun and inventive approaches to roller skating, including Family Night, 21+ events, and sessions set to the tune of R&B or organ music

$24 $12

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Membership for a Family or Individual (Up to 40% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$40 $25

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Bowling Packages for Four or Six at Tivoli Bowling Center (Up to 52% Off)

Tivoli Bowling Lanes

Downers Grove

Family-friendly underground bowling center consists of 12 lanes, lounge with comfortable seating, TVs, arcade, and billiards

$37 $18

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Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$20 $12

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Mini Golf for 4, 6, 8, or 10 or Mini Golf for 4 and 45 Arcade Tokens Each at PGN Fun Center (Up to 59% Off)

PGN Fun

PGN Fun Center

Two adventure-themed miniature-golf courses wind through castles, caves, and tall hedges

$28 $14

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Ice-Skating Admission for Two or Four Plus Skate Rental at Watts Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Watts Ice Center

Watts Ice Center

Two lighted outdoor ice rinks nestled among three acres of public park and trees along the North Shore

$22 $12

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One or Three Two-Hour Adult Art Classes at Terra Sounds (Up to 48% Off)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Adult artists of all experience levels pick a media of their choice, such as watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint, while working on a sketch

$27 $15

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Five Kids’ Bounce-House Visits or a Classic Party for Up to 25 at Pump It Up Glenview (Up to 51% Off)

Pump It Up Glenview

Glenview

Kids jump, play, and socialize aboard colorful inflatable slides and bounce houses during open-play times or birthday party

$45 $22

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$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

$80 $29

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$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $28

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Weekend Access to the Chicago Pet Show for Two at Oak Lawn Pavilion on April 25–26 (Up to 42% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Oak Lawn Community Pavilion

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Two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups, aimed at current and prospective pet owners

$12 $7

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (70% Off)

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

$60 $18

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Three Games of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

$16 $8

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$74 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

Music school established in 1959 offers aspiring musicians lessons in numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, and more

$150 $74

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Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Woodridge

Sports arena with one Olympic-size ice rink, one NHL-size ice rink, and a multisport turf field on the second floor

$20 $10

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$18 for Nickel City Family Entertainment Center Visit for Four with Pizza, Pop, and Gameplay ($31.99 Value)

Nickel City

Northbrook

Share a large pizza and pitcher of soda between turns on 100+ nickel-operated video and redemption games

$31.99 $18

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One or Three 30- or 60-Minute Private Piano Lessons at Palos Heights Piano (50% Off)

Palos Heights Piano

Palos Heights

Classical pianist with 20+ years of experience teaches the instrument's fundamentals to students of all ages

$30 $15

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5 or 10 Bounce-House Play Passes at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off

Pump It Up

Schaumburg

Kids scramble and jump through bounce houses and coast down inflatable slides during five or 10 play sessions

$40 $20

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5 or 10 Drop-In Play Sessions, or a 90-Minute Firefighter Birthday Party for Up to 14 at FireZone (Up to 66% Off)

FireZone

Schaumburg

Hands-on activities in a firehouse-themed activity center with real firefighters teach safety skills and fuel imaginations

$45 $17

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$20 for an All-Day Game Pass for One to GameWorks ($45 Value)

GameWorks

Schaumburg

Full day of unlimited access to hundreds of interactive games

$45 $20

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Three or Six Open-Play Outings at Kids Club Party and Fun (Up to 50% Off)

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

Kids frolic in small houses, mini cars, and cushioned playhouses as parents sink into comfy couches and sip on coffee or tea

$30 $16

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Southwest Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Southwest Ice Arena

Crestwood

Skaters spin around two well-maintained ice rinks during public skates inside the family-friendly skating center

$18 $9

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Four Private Music Lessons from Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction (44% Off)

Dave Kohut Guitar Instruction

Crestwood

From the merchant: Guitar, bass, banjo, or Ukulele lessons available. All levels of student from beginning to advanced are welcome.

$80 $45

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Open Play for Three or Four or a Party at Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe (Up to 42% Off)

Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe

Naperville

Play pass grants access to mazes, slides, and ball pits for the whole day; party includes pizza, drinks, and invitations

$36 $22

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

$20 $10

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Rocket Ice Arena (Up to 58% Off)

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

Skaters of all levels hone their moves during open skates while supporters cheer them on from lodge with fireplace, free WiFi & café

$18 $8

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Ice-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Canlan Ice Sports (Up to 55% Off)

Canlan Ice Sports

Romeoville

Guests lace up rented skates and take to the ice during public-skating sessions held in this three-rink facility

$20 $10

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It’s commonly accepted that it’s not a good idea to build castles in the air, so the team at Monkey Zone built castles with air inside them instead. At their 40,000-square-foot indoor playground, they supervise tots expending energy as they ricochet off the walls of the Dora the Explorer inflatable and other air-filled fun houses. Good for kids aged 1–10, the Toddler Town bouncy house lets little ones roll about as bigger kids race invisible tractors at the barnyard blow-up. In the game room, kids delve further into their imaginations while playing arcade and crane games and sip soft drinks from the snack bar. Monkey Zone also hosts birthday parties with pizza, pop, and play for up to 50 guests in their fanciful space featuring jungle, circus, and aquatic murals.

110 N 25th Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

The roar of engines bounces off 20-foot ceilings as go-karts zip by at up to 42 miles per hour. The track winds through the 138,000-square-foot space as up to 14 racers compete in eight-minute sessions, their lap times recorded on projection screens for spectators to keep track of or use for their next lottery ticket. At Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix, drivers first undergo a 15-minute safety briefing before racing, and afterward, go home with a boast-worthy printout of their lap times. Each of the facility's 37 single-seater carts is powered by eco-friendly propane gas and goes through regular rigorous testing to prevent malfunction or acquisition of an English accent.

2225 W North Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

Today's side deal gets you trackside seats, an official program, all-you-can-eat dinner, and heart-racing harness-racing with real live horses at Maywood Park Racetrack for $15 (a $30 value). The racing starts at 7:20 p.m. on December 4, but the delicious eats and premature boasts get started at 6:30 p.m. Your Groupon includes trackside seats in the enclosed and heated Winner's Circle Dining Room, free valet parking, and a live race program.

8600 W North Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

Balmoral Park (Crete, IL) and Maywood Park (Melrose Park, IL) are two of Chicago's premier horse racing facilities complete with excellent dining.

8600 West North Avenue
Melrose Park,
IL
US

Say you're bored with dashing frantically through the same old battle zone as the sounds of war drum around you. In that case, it's time to head to Red Star Combat, where no two games ever have to be alike. First, players can choose from eight settings for their laser weapons, so they can simulate firing a rifle or a battle cannon depending on the situation. Then there's the 30,000-square-foot field itself: stacks of tires, empty barrels, and even the walls are all moveable, so the space can be reconfigured regularly. Between games, players can kick back at the onsite bar, Base PX, for a bottle of beer and some snacks while lesser, non-laser-enhanced sports play on the big-screen TVs.

2225 W North Ave.
Melrose Park,
IL
US

It's safe to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name, partly because he put his name on so many houses. The sites overseen by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust receive nearly 150,000 visitors a year?tangible proof that the visionary's impact on architecture, design, and culture remains alive and well. To ensure that legacy continues, the Chicago-based nonprofit runs tours at several of Wright's buildings and hosts various educational programs.

Home and Studio: Unity Temple. Robie House. The Rookery Light Court remodeling. All classic pieces of Modern architecture, and all designed inside the studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. From 1889 until 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright worked out of this residential space, eventually expanding the home to include a proper studio as demand for his services grew. Now an architectural destination in its own right, the Home and Studio welcomes guests seeking a look into the mind (and working conditions) of America's most famed architect. On tours, trained interpreters guide visitors through the space, sharing anecdotes and insights into Wright's work and home life.

Frederick C. Robie House: The crown jewel of Hyde Park's residential architecture, the Frederick C. Robie House was designed by Wright for the up-and-coming industrialist of the same name between 1908 and 1910. Widely hailed as one of the finest examples of the Prairie School of architectural design, the house has earned its share of accolades over the years, including a spot on the very first National Register of Historic Places in 1966. During tour, architectural experts guide groups through each of the house's significant features, from the cantilevered roof and prevalence of horizontal lines to the striking leaded glass windows that give the house its inner light. Tours also cover recent restoration efforts, giving guests an inside look at what it takes to preserve a historic home.

951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park,
IL
US

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